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right there. have a nice weekend. >> bye, everybody. bill: a fox news alert. kathleen sebelius is expected to make some kind of statement within the hour. the president says he's sorry he guaranteed anyone who liked their healthcare plan could keep it but critics say that.not go far enough. martha: good morning. i'm martha maccallum. last night president obama said he should have explained that memorable promise a little bit better and more effectively. >> i regret have much that what i intended to do where people would be moving into better plans because they want them rather than because they were forced into it. i'm sorry they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. bill: there it is for now and what about it? jonas, good morning to you. did he go far enough? >> i don't think so. that sounded like the most passive-aggressive apology we have heard from a president in a while. bill: you say the was too cute, using a passive voice. >> he said we could have been more clear. that implies they were clear about something and they were honest a
. >> there is another story tonight regarding kathleen sebelius. she returned to capitol hill to answer questions on the problems with the obama care rollout and the law itself. the president's promise that if you like your plan you can keep it. watch this. >> the white house website says if you like your plan, you can keep it and you don't have to change a thing due to the health care law. we know that lying to congress is a crime. unfortunately lying to the american people is not. i'd just like to ask you a simple true or false question. is that statement on the white house website true? or is it false? >> sir, i think the statement -- >> is it true or false, madam secretary? >> the vast majority of american who is are insured are in the employer market, are in public plans or veterans plans. those plans have stayed in place and continued to offer benefits. >> republican john cornin of texas is a member of the senate finance committee. he's with me now. why is it impossible to get a straight answer on this critical issue to the american people? >> you know, if we were in a courtroom the judge w
. a better way to save. ally bank. your money needs an ally. . >> kathleen sebelius was talking more on the failed health care roll out. in the concession speech, he repeatedly hammered it. >> this race goes down to the wire because of obama care. that message will go out across america tonight. this administration told us that virginians could keep their health insurance and their doctors and their costs wouldn't rise under obama care. that was not true. they knew it wasn't true. we were lied to by our own government in its effort to restrict our liberties. >> joined now with the report and also a fellow university of chicago institute. the editor of the report and a contributing writer for roll call. amy, give me more first take on what you learned yesterday that tells you something about 2013. >> the electorate in virginia mirrored the electorate in 2012 in terms of dem kbrf graphics. the president won by four points and auliffe by points. when you turn outlooks similar to the way it looked in a presidential election, that's good for democrats. i think the health care message will
or are we forever now governed by kathleen sebelius and obama care? is there hope? >> we have to keep fighting. we can't stop. i agree with tom. we have to get democrats on board in the senate. there are senators now in the democratic side of the aisle who are taking the heat on this. i will tell you, people are angry b about the this and upset. the fact is we have to keep the heat on. we've got to keep pushing. revealing, shedding light on all the flaws in this as we have been doing and not let up. >> is there any hope for this website? i talked to some i.t. guys, professionals, congressman price is laughing. >> yeah. >> after hundreds of millions of dollars, do we have to scrap it? >> absolutely. the problem isn't just the website. the problem is the program itself. but the website is a symptom of the entire challenge that we have when the government tries to tell you what doctor you must see. what health care coverage plan you must purchase and cross all of the things through the irs and other governmental entitieses. it isn't going to work. we have now spent pushing $600 million o
kathleen sebelius addressing all of this right now in a phone teleconference. we are on top of it all. welcome everyone i'm neil cavuto. if this were stock investment no wiewn would know what to do about it or with it. hey, rich. >> good afternoon, neil. big number here is 27 million. that's the number of people the administration says actually went to the web site. but fk lee at the totals here only 106,000. federal and state exchanges have actually followed through and selected plans. we don't know why that many people weren't able to select plans because they decided not to, too expensive or couldn't get through because of technical problems. 975,000 says the administration made it through and did not select plans and fewer than republicans responding 106,000 number is actually inflated. he says that includes the number of people who have essentially put plans into their shopping cart. and on a day on capitol hill where we were discussing obamacare throughout the day, there were plenty of references to amazon.com. >> have you ever shopped on amazon.com? >> yes, sir. >> the amazon e
of town, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius handles the fight on capitol hill. the administration is doing more damage control as reports from obama care contracts indicate even more problems with the october roamout than previously thought. we're going to monitor this hearing. and we'll bring you news as a it warrants. sebelius is sure to face blit terring criticisms, though, in that hearing. not only over the website debacle, but also over the false assurances that people could keep their insurance plans if they wanted to. you may remember this exchange from her last appearance on capitol hill. >> some people like to drive a ford and some people like to drink out of a red solo cup, not out of a chris it will stem. you're taking away their choice. >> and that was marsha blackburn. and she's joins us this morning. good morning. >> good morning. >> you didn't minnesota words with her. now i think americans want solutions. listen to what your fellow republican, chris christie had to say. >> i think that the party has got to focus on winning again. you know, somet
now we're watching secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius as he travels to atlanta. he's there to highlight the new health care law and how it's improving access to mental health care. sebelius being joined by the former first lady, rosalyn carter. >>> at least four people are dead after the biggest storm ever recorded slammed into the philippines. typhoon haiyan was packing winds up to 200 miles an hour. more from the aftermath ahead here on "jansing & co." my customers can shop around-- see who does good work and compare costs. it doesn't usually work that way with health care. but with unitedhealthcare, i get information on quality rated doctors, treatment options and estimates for how much i'll pay. that helps me, and my guys, make better decisions. i don't like guesses with my business, and definitely not with our health. innovations that work for you. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. i put in the hourswhere i am today by luck. and built a strong reputation in the industry. i set goals and worked hard to meet them. i've made my success happen. so whe
that kathleen sebelius put out today, is that there are like 27 million visits, not sure if they're unique visits, people coming back perhaps, but that's a lot of interest. there's a lot of interest in this country. >> it's not so much -- >> in the affordable care act. >> not so much the confidence level in the president resulting from the failed website, it's from the pledge that he made repeatedly look at these numbers, a new quinnipiac university poll, the president it's job approval number is now down to 39% approve of the job as handling his job as president. 54% disapprove. that's another low for the -- for this president. >> let me give you ather number, the questn whether you trust the president, consider him is down 10 pointsince october. andha is as a direct result of saying to people, you can keep your -- you can keep your health care if you like. >> it's because of the -- if you like your plan you can keep your plan. >> and that goes to the -- a design. the administration said we are going to have a program to bring coverage to more people, many of whom will be poor and sicke
the rollout, calls are mounting for secretary kathleen sebelius to get out. ten republican senators sending a letter to the president urging her to fire her and fast. such a complicated beast here. i don't know who takes the blame but she is in charge. >> i'm surprised she is still there let me go back and say i think today proves wall street is just as delusional as washington. this may be a great company, but for crying out loud, it's priced at 50 times the revenue. maybe some days it will prove it has a business model that can earn money, but it proved today is that wall street is a casino inhabited by day traders and robots who are on the drug that the fed is feed feeding, and everyone is speculating like crazy. so wall street is failing and wall street is -- >> i'm going to put you down as a member on twitter. you could have argued the same win amazon came out, when ebay came out. mine -- >> you're taking only those that survived. there's ten that never did that were valued this way -- >> so you don't think this is a survivor -- >> i don't know. i have no idea. i think -- >> you mentio
want to soon up ign up. >> let's listen to what kathleen sebelius said about the digital architecture. >> we are definitely on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month. that was our commitment. and our experience. we have added hardware. we added software. we are continuing to work on the parts of the website that were too confusing to people. and -- well beyond december 1st, those improvements will continue. i would urge -- you and your -- folks on the ground, to not hesitate to recommend that people go to healthcare.gov and get signed up. that experience is currently working much better and it will continue to work much better. >> that is the key? >> that is the key. what she said is important. i have been tough on affordable care. quite broken since the beginning. digital architecture was flawed when it emerged. i think fundamentally. folks eventually, the obama administration knew that. they stopped. this was a really important change in the rhetoric they put their communications plan on hold. their whole big outreach effort. and they did no
, software issues, many of which need to be fixed. this from kathleen sebelius. warning earlier this week, quote, this isn't a magic turn-on switch. the experience is improved every day. from not working at all in the beginning of october. the president, being optimistic today encouraged people who backed the law to talk up the advantages of health care over the thanksgiving holiday. asking them to try to convince their relatives to go enroll. although if the anyone needs help with insurance and enrolling while the turkey is roasting, don't call the call center. it will be closed tomorrow. you can't make this stuff up. the biggest news of all came just hours ago when the administration announced millions of american workers will be blocked from using the website all together told they cannot, should not and will not be permitted to use the online health care.gov option until november of next year. by the way, it will be after the midterm elections. marc thiessen is a former speech writer for president george w. bush. it's usually no accident when they release news like this late in the da
murphy says despite kathleen sebelius and other members of the team that all is well and on track of the launch of the affordable care act there were facts there were doubts. the white house finds itself once again on the defensive. >> the fact is when a site like this is going developed and it is tested problems arise checklists are developed and problems are addressed. we believe that the problems were being addressed and while there would be some glitches upon launch on october 1st that obviously we never anticipated we would never have the kind of severe problems we had. >> meantime there are reports that the justice department argued in court millions would lose their coverage even before president obama apologized for telling americans they could keep their insurance plans and doctors if they like them. even under the obama administration it is projected that more group health plans will transition to their requirements under the regulations as time goes on. as a result of that many people are commenting now that the obama administration knew the healthcare coverages or peop
. kathleen sebelius and others were the officials briefed on the consulting firm's red flags. >> two weeks before she testified before this committee, secretary sebelius was present in a meeting where experts identified significant threats in risks launching the site on october 1st. >> and upton said that sebelius's up beat testimony in april did not match what was happening behind the scenes. >> our energy and resources are focused on getting it up and running and the contracts have been led and we are monitoring it every step of the way. >> sebelius said she thought it would work. >> we were hopeful that the testing that we did, and we did end to end testing would be sufficient and it clearly wasn't, and on balance made a decision to move ahead, you know, if i had known then when i know now, we would have made a different call. >> lawmakers said it's time for heads to roll. >> either way if the president did not know about this, this report said that the white house knew absolutely what was going on and they didn't tell the president. he should be firing these people today. >> at the whi
the site crashed two times this week. kathleen sebelius said the website has cost $174 million so far and more probably to fix it. >>> starting today $5 billion is cut from the food stamp program. that means less grocery money for millions. the cuts will vary by family but this is typically a family of four getting 668 a month would lose about $36. food stamp benefits were raised during the recession and temporary increase to the program and that expires today. in 2007, 26 million people were using snap as they call it, supplemental food benefits and compared that to almost 48 million now. 15% of the american population is using government assistance to help feed their family. $36 a month is going to hurt some people. people who work for food banks are upset about these cuts. others say this was meant to be a temporary measure and that temporary measure is now over. you'll hear more about that. >>> are you -- when you fly, are you going to be irritating with your devices now you're able to use them or a good citizen? >> i'm always a good citizen. >> i'm so glad nobody can chat on thei
? >> this is genius, by the way. >> brian kelsey. is he a state senator. handed kathleen sebelius "website for dummies." >> someone who is so -- like, greg, if it were you or me or anywhere at this table and someone tried to hand us that, we would look at them and go, are you out of your mind, i'm not taking that. she takes it and pictures are snapped with her holding "websites for dumb ydummies." they really need to get rigd he, clean house. cgi, wow, are they lost, completely in the weeds. november, good luck, there's no chance -- >> i had a dream about sebelius -- >> you have weird dream also. >> she was in a floral pantsuit and i thought she was the queen of england. >> okay, on that note -- >> trying to get a job with hillary clinton 2016. >> please, move on. >> coming up, some important races on this election day eve, including here in new york city where bill demazo -- >> oh, gosh. >> it's true. he's up 40% over the republican. the republican is that guy on right, joe. >> lhota. >> thank you. that's the problem. what does president obama -- no, the problem is i don't know his name. what is obam
to have this website fixed by november the 30th. very different tone from kathleen sebelius who talked on a conference call from reporters later in the day. she said this website is up and running, open for business and people are enrolling now. a big tone difference here between park and sebelius. maybe a divergence of strategy here in terms of what they're trying to set as expectations for the end of this month. >> or maybe park knows what he's talking about and sebelius doesn't. >> park is the guy -- >> he's on the line. >> he's the guy they've put in charge of this office. he's the one sleeping in his office in the days leading up to the rollout. even republicans give him deference on the technical questions. he's the guy who knows what he's doing. why wasn't he involved earlier on. >> right. like a grownup. eamon, stay with us. hang on. joining us health care experts, bosh lichefsky. and avik roy. "how medicaid failed." is that true? >> that's the under appreciated thing. medicaid enrollment is huge. that's huge for the fiscal associations in the states. they're going to take some
't understand why president obama doesn't want to be on this plan and put his epitire fan and kathleen sebelius and congress. they want out of obama care, while they insist i get it, they don't want to seem selfish and put themselves on it, but i found things to love about obama care after all. no kidding, you know what, i found out under obama care, i am going to have dental coverage for children. i saw this spot by delta dental from virginia. >> okay, okay. >> great, great. weather where would you like the baby car seat. >> no, i don't have kids. >> it doesn't matter the government said you have to buy it. >> where should i put. it >> smile, smile. >> yeah, you know the fact that my own children are grown and on theiron and have their own children is immaterial. i am man dated to carry dental insurance for the children we don't have. and while you think that is unnecessary, i found out under obama care, i also have maternitiy benefits. yes, (applause) it is man dated and so i am going to have it whether i ask for it or not. some people complain the government forcing me to buy something i can
been telling you. it may be worse. the news was so bad, kathleen sebelius didn't do it in front of cameras. she delivered the news over the phone. >> as of this first period, 106,000 americans have enrolled in qualified health plans through the market place. >> of course she avoided admitting of those 106,000 enrollees, just a quarter of them were done via the federal government's website. less than 27,000 enrollees. fewer than the number of folks at fenway park was sold out in the game. the state-run websites and california's exchange alone signed up nearly 10,000 more people. they believe there is condensation in the glass. the piece of positive spin is nearly a million potential applicants are in the pipeline. >> we can reasonably expect these numbers will grow substantially over the next five months as they did in massachusetts that enrolled only .3% or 123 people in the first month. >> still it's hard to look at yesterday's congressional hearing with the white house chief technology officer todd park feeling fully confident that a new deadline on a work website november 30t
. the problems with the health care rollout will be among the hot topics, kathleen sebelius is making several stops in florida and nationwide tour to promote the website and the law. in washington today, republican led house committee held two more hearings on problems with the website. >> this hearing is just another attempt to undermine the president's signature law and follow their playbook. >> all of this comes as a new "washington post"/abc news poll shows president obama's approval rating at 42%. the poll also found the record 57% oppose the health care law while 40% are in favor. let me bring in "washington post" reporter juliette, thank you for your time. let's talk about this. the first read points out that the next two months, critical for the president to get this website up and running properly and this may protect not only his legacy, we might see his approval numbers go up as well as his impact on the mid-term elections. how do you see it? >> everyone sees that how that goes will have a huge impact on how people view the laws. it's obvious we see this tied to the botched rollout
-- this rule change could be used to have new nominees confirmed if they decide kathleen sebelius and others should go jay carney pushed back. >> i have no personnel announcements to make. there are obviously a lot of positions that any president fills. and the fact of the matter is, the president's team twh it comes to the affordable care act is focused on fixing the problems that exist with the website. >> carl leafin, mark manchin and mark pryor voted to change the rules. >>> if it could be changed on judges or other nominees, this will be used, i fear, to change the rules in consideration of legislation. >> unlike leafin, 33 of the 55 democratic senators never served with their pert in the minority. jeff merkley was elected in 2008 and pushed for the nuclear option. >> this is terrific for the u.s. sn senate. it's done great disservice to the american people. >> one former senator predicts this would only make the atmosphere worse. >> the senate was designed to force people to work together, come up with consensus, democrats and republicans, liberals and conservatives. a lot of that has
't happen said franken when asked if most of the problems aren't under control by then. and kathleen sebelius announced next year they push back the deadline for enrolling in obama care. conveniently after the midterm elections. surprised? joining me, congressmen go merit and lance. rare in studio appearance. >> yeah. >> i'm watching the announcement saturday night on the deal with iran. i'm thinking why does the administration trust this regime that's been fighting proxy wars and late last week was threatening to wipe israel off the map again. >> that's what they believe. why do they trust them more? why did the clinton administration trust north korea more than republicans. it's the same mentality. conservatives, patriots are the problem. but if you look, they are following the north korea game plan. the policy coordinator for the clinton administration is now leading negotiations for the obama administration. if you remember in 1994 they got a promise that in return for nuclear reactors, help with nuclear power all they had to do was renounce nuclear weapons and -- >> they ended u
. here's kathleen sebelius just yesterday in a conference call with state officials. >> i would urge you and your folks on the ground to not hesitate to recommend that people go to healthcare.gov and get signed up. >> steve hayes, senior writer for "the weekly standard" my guest and weekly fox news contributor. great to see you, steve. >> reporter: hey, gretchen. >> what do you make of this mixed message and does it come from the very tippy top? >> reporter: yeah, i think it certainly does. you've seen all sorts of indications from the administration that, a, the website is not going to be ready when they said it was on december 1st and, b, the problems beyond the website are much more willing that is to let on. you see that with the discussion with james about the small business administrations, back for another year, november 2014. and the indications already through leaks and in public statements from secretary sebelius and others are that this website that we were promised was going to be functioning on december 1st will not, in fact, be functioning and could be in for another collap
of the year, kathleen sebelius. she's got the biggest fail in the america. probably a multibillion bet at that test of the american people. do we have sound to that? i'm going to try and download every movie ever made. you are going to try up for obama care. we'll see which happens first. how much have signed up thus far? >> fully enrolled i can't tell you. >> you know what, it was funny in the first week. if she twor go back on john stewart show tomorrow, the day after thanksgiving, the same exact thing would probably happen. they're running out of time. >> andrea, you're next. you've got a good one. >> i was going to do irs. then i got nervous i would be audited. let's move on from them. i got my point across. continuing with the mayor theme. remember the san diego mayor that assaulted 12 women total? yes, it was a democrat. no women in california wanted to weigh in on that war on women. he was mr. -- what was it he said to women -- what kind of underpants are wearing? at least he's not the mayor anymore. we're not the ones that accused democrat of having a war on women though. >> wh
that it is supposed to. and folks are working 24 sla/7 make sure that happens. >> aids to ahhs secretary kathleen sebelius acknowledged about 20,000 people were able to use the web site to purchase private health insurance in the first month of signups. it will be a significantly different user experience. >> the system will not work perfectly on december 1st but it will better than it did in october. if with he experience extraordinary demand they will not be able to complete the application. >> to avoid crashes they have delayed the on-line enrollment of small businesses for one year. >> james rose inten, live in washington, thanks. >>> as the obama administration does damage control, a group gets a million dollar grant to success enrollment success stories. it is called families usa called the voice of healthcare consumers. the grant given by the robert wood johnson foundation is meant to help the trugroup expand the data base of real people sharing their stories of enrolling in obamacare. >> most of the estimated 425 families have beening waited after a train derailment and chemical smil have
neat to look at. >> aides to hhs secretary kathleen sebelius confirmed on wednesday that the web site won't be ready to handle small businesses' purchases of health insurance for their employees until this time next year, prompting this response from republican national committee chairman. with each passing day, it's clear how much worse obamacare is than a web site full of glitches. yet again the administration has made a wholesale change to their signature piece of legislation because of the disastrous impact it is having on americans. it's time we stop delays pieces of obamacare, he concluded, and scrap it and start over with common sense reforms. uninsured individuals who want to avoid paying that fine must purchase their health coverage by march 31. back to you in new york. >> thank you, james rosen, from d.c. >> thanks. >>> as the deadline approaches, we've seen a couple of closed door meetings taking place with democrats who are concerned certainly about their reelection and want to go find out from the administration what exact israeli going to happen. we know vice president b
they are making that point. interestingly just today, hhs secretary kathleen sebelius post add blog, some shopping tips, if you will, for folks who want to purchase health insurance. the first tip is shop healthcare.gov during off peak hours during mornings, nights, weekends. she goes on to say have your in come and tax information ready when you log on. if you need to talk to someone, use the call center. they provide the number there. usualing people to logon on off peak hours really underscores the point this is still a work in progress. they say tech experts working 24/7 to have this site functioning smoothly by this weekend. i've been speaking to some folks, tech experts who say, look, it's not just about being able to support 50,000 people at one time, it's making sure those people can enroll quickly and without experiencing too many error messages. what would success look like for the administration ? well, by monday i hope officials hope stories will come out of people getting on and able to enroll and aren't met with a number of antidotes about people experiencing more error messages. a l
. this is not a relaunch of the obama in care web site. wait a second, wasn't it kathleen sebelius say to congress this was a magic day. we have been waiting three years, hundreds of millions of dollars this is the day and it's not going to work. here is the question. why hasn't she been fired? >> why has no one been fired for this debacle inside the white house? >> rejiggering and creating a war room. jeffrey zions creating war room to look at the engineering. no one was fired. instead what they did was brought them all together in one room so they can work more collaboratively. >> she got up in front of congress saying november 30th this will be done and if not, today is the day, we have 55 minutes until this relaunch and it's not going to work. >> success is only 80%, mind you. if it's working 80% for the majority of the people for the majority of the time then it's going to, with. i think it's a lot easier to reboot a web sight though than it is to, you know, power down or to reboot the trust of the american people what's that what allen west is saying about this. the president's credibility i
have every reason to expect that more people will enroll. >> reporter: a battle embattled with kathleen sebelius claims is improving daily. >> i would say, first of all, it is running right now. every day people are getting enrolled. >> reporter: but mark your calendars for november 30th. the white house says it will be working for, quote, the vast majority of users by the end of the month. >> it is our conviction that we can, with the fixes that are being implemented, reach that goal by goal by november 30th. >> reporter: frantic democrats allowing americans to keep their current insurance plans, an idea white house officials worry could undermine the entire program that has yet to deliver. >> if we have spent 600 million already, does anybody have any idea how much this all is going to cost us in the end? >> our thanks to jim. >>> to the philippines the help is not getting where it is needed. haiyan hit last friday object b object blit rating many towns. take a look at the satellite image. this is tacloban a bustling city full of buildings and this is after. very little remains in tha
the site on october 1st would be risky. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius attended a briefing session about that report back on april 4th. that is a long time ago, folks. also developing. the white house is considering a website work-around. this proposal would allow americans to bypass the website healthy.gov and set up direct enrollment through insurance companies. >>> dick cheney and his wife are weighing in on the anger between their daughters. mary and her same sex spouse went public with their dislike of liz cheney's position opposing gay marriage. their parents say the wish the debate had remained within the family and liz cheney's position should not be distorted. this is what they are writing. mary cheney is writing on her facebook page that her sister's position treats her family as second-class citizens and she cannot be lovingly tolerant towards them. >> she posted that overnight. >> that was in response to someone on facebook asking her questions about this. >> it was but also in response to her parents's statement in support of liz and not so indirectl
that the regulations by kathleen sebelius were eliminating the grandfather clause. and nobody listened. i mean, they literally had nothing to do with the cancellation of the policies. >> and now what liberal democrats are saying to the president is man up, dude, you have to get out there and say this is the plan. but it is hard to blame republicans for that one, so he is going to keep crawfishing. >>> all right, health care going up for millions of americans as we learned price is may be going down for one political ally of president obama. joining me now, ron johnson, who was able to prevent the tax exemption care. this is something the unions have complained about for months now, saying oh, the bill, the law we love so much, the obama care turns out it could be bad for us because it will tax us to the tune of $25 billion, unions and other small businesses. and the president, first they asked him to give them subsidies, he said i can't do that under the law. and now he is trying to give them major, major tax breaks, and you're trying to stop it, how. >> i'm a very willing co-sponsor, what the
amount of money to a nonprofit. >>> kathleen sebelius said hitting the road, visiting miami for the second time in 32 months. highlighting the store of one miami beach man who was able to buy insurance through the healthcare.gov website. sebelius is vowing to finish the job, while avoiding questions for calls for her to step down. >>> president obama was not at the official ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the gettysburg address. the white house said there were scheduling conflicts but the president did put out a rather extraordinary handwritten note that reflects the speech to him. the president writes that sometimes he looks at a copy of the address which is in the white house and thinks about the words that give him and the nation confidence that freedom will prevail. it was really interesting to see this written in the president's own hand. long notes and thoughts. >>> president obama will mark another on anniversary today. the assassination of john f. kennedy. the president and harrisburg harrisburg and former present clinton will wrist the second tear where th
. the filibuster is gone. does that mean kathleen sebelius is gone? they can fire her and they have a filibuster-proof replacement for her whereas previous to that, it would have been touch and go? sebelius finished now? is that one of the implications? >> what's interesting, before, good luck getting anyone confirmed other than maybe rick santorum to be the head of h.h.s. it also plays in well with the whole i-pab. that was called the original death panel. the group of bureaucrats is going to try to lower medicare costs. now it's going to make it easier for obama to fill those positions. previously, even if he had not been able to fill those positions, it would have fallen to sebelius to be the one woman i-pab. he couldn't fire her then. that would completely ruin it because he couldn't get another h.h.s. secretary. it gives him a little bit more latitude. >> chris, how long sebelius going to last? i think we ran it again tonight. she's going out, she's in someplace around the country, talking to somebody and they're trying to dial up the system and the system breaks down while she's there, the
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. >> okay. >> kathleen sebelius in front of congress, i'm sorry about the rollout on the web site. i was drunk and smoking crack. >> thing is he's not apologizing for anything. he's saying he's doing a great job. torontans are out of -- they can't get rid of him. no mechanism to get rid of him. >> beyond the amazing spectacle of all this, he says he's not an addict. but if he's having multiple drunken stupers while he's the mayor of this town, a great city by the way, not as if he's some small town mayor. >> churchill was blind drunk for most of the second world war. >> you walk into that house of commons any day of the week, they have a bar attached to the commons. it is not as if -- alcohol has been a lubricant for many political careers. i think toronto has a fantastic image. it had the most boring, tedious. >> i like toronto. it's a great city. >> it is a great city. >> the chamber of commerce doesn't feel that way. they are absolutely freaking out. it's giving them a really bad reputation. >> robert doolittle is a city hall reporter from the toronto star. soon-to-be released boo
. it's not kathleen sebelius' fault that the obamacare web site isn't working. it's not his fault. it's not the democrats' fault who voted for it. it has to be the republicans' fault because none of them were in favor of it. take a listen. >> if we didn't have one wing of one party that was a little less obsessed with repealing health care for 40 million people, more concerned with making sure the law works, if they hadn't spent 40 votes trying to repeal the affordable care act, they might have actually taken some votes on rebuilding our infrastructure or instituting early childhood education for young people across this country, or investing more money in basic research. any of the serious proposals i put forward that would be creating jobs right now, they could have taken votes on that. instead of rooting for failure. >> unfortunately for the president, it has failed in many ways so far because of the web site and also the technical challenges people have faced. what's interesting is apparently because the democrats in the senate are getting their ears chewed off, this thing just is
30th, when the site, like any website, doesn't perform optimum. >> kathleen sebelius says they are in for a different experience. didn't say better. but obama told small businesses they will not be able to buy insurance through the online exchanged as promised. they will have to go through insurance companies or brokers. but the individual mandates span. >> if you are an individual who is not the individual of the benefits, the mandate applies to you. you will say why am i not getting special treatment. >> the white house says the website is on track to handle 50,000 users some saturday. and they said there were still plenty of bugs to be fixed. >> hedging their bets for sure. let's look at the big picture on this and the impact it might have. right now, 7.3% is the unemployment claim. will the new delay give the small businesses breathing room? maybe they will hire more people. bob is here with us. happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving. >> i was curious if people can be optimistic and have hope about new jobs. if small businesses get the break, what do you think? >> i
secretary kathleen sebelius and officials at the white house were told that there were problems with the development of healthcare.gov, the federal website, of course, where people can go online and buy insurance. according to a white house official, we just received a statement from a white house official that they're saying, quote, flags were definitely raised throughout the development of the website, talking about this report released by the house energy and commerce committee, but they are saying at the white house, nobody, quote, anticipated the size and scope of the problems we experienced once the site was launched. christina and john, more questions for this white house about the rollout of the president's signature health care achievement, legislative achievement. >> i think it's pretty clear that no one anticipated the size of potential problems and they've got a lot to fix. jim acosta, senior white house correspondent. thanks, jim. >> you bet. >>> moms across the country took to social media to give the education secretary a little piece of their minds. >> another he
. obviously the blame starts at the top with the president and kathleen sebelius. this looks like a systemic breakdown. looks like you just can't point at the people at the very top. there's a lot of people up and down the food chain that failed miserably on this. >> it is systemic. it goes to the heart of the democratic party argument an argument that the government can do a lot of good things really well. if we can't get this right it under mines that entire argument. >> an argument you've said very publicly, in this case you support it. >> do i. >> you want this for personal reasons, not for professional reasons, you want this to work for personal reasons and there are millions of people like that, which makes this all the more, all the more just unbelievable to people who believe that the government can do big things and do it well. >> it's not just a personal thing. i have two older daughters who have been able to take advantage of obama care. but i think any american, whether you're a small government conservative or big government liberal or like most of america you just want governm
that most of the bill would come out in regulations written by that arrogant and smug kathleen sebelius. there are now something like 15,000 pages of regulations. all of the hoo-ha over sandra burke and her birth control, i think we knew birth control and abortions would be covered. they prevented illegal immigrants from getting obama kaefrmt of course insurance was going to go up. you'd be required to cover things that no normal person would want to insure against so people would be thrown off their plans. as we know from the federal register, the hhs knew in 2010 and predicted about 93 million americans would be thrown off their current insurance plans, the ones they shopped for, the ones they liked, the ones they're beginning to be thrown off now. >> exactly. there was with moment -- every once in a while you see a piece of tape that reveals the truth about something. here is the president explaining how he got burned in obama care. watch this. >> having said that, given that i've been burned already with a website -- more importantly the american people have been burned by a website
nice to kathleen intel sebelius or a number of other people i could think of. >> it is striking me as interesting because the comments of these individuals, intentional or not, again, trying to undermine the legitimacy of the first african-american president, credibility, same thing with attorney general holder and there's no there there is obviously a great offense on many levels. but, you know, eric, we all kind of know how this game goes. right? they feel like they're justified going after eric holder because they feel like they were in office and we went after their folks they, i don't know, started a war and things like that. there's an idea of this false equivalency but to the point that e.j. was making about the votes rights act, it also strikes many e that, you know, these kinds of fake scandals -- >> yes. >> time and resources are dedicated to -- i had to do it myself. xeroxing pages and pageless of whatever to get documents instead of going after texas on voter i.d. laws or making sure that laws are being implemented the way they should be. so i mean, it's interesting to
as of right now. jim kacosta is at the white house. >> reporter: you've heard awful this talk about kathleen sebelius the last couple of weeks. one name you have not heard is todd park. but that is going to change it week. first daryl issa said he wanted to hear from white house chief technology officer todd park. the white house first said no, park is too busy because he's working to fix the website. so they fired back with a subpoena on friday to force him to testify. the supporters of todd park started a website that is called let todd work. it says, quote, no matter what side of the aisle that you sit on, todd is within of the good guys. let him do his job. now the top democrats on the committee that is chaired by issa are accusing him of selectively leaking documents on the obama troubles. and all this comes as this very kushl week is emerging for the obama administration. the administration is set to release its first set of obama karen roemt numbers sometime this week. when those numbers come out, we'll get a really big indication as to how many people have been able to sign up. all o
secure. they call into question testimony that health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius gave back in april. >> back on april 18th, secretary sebelius testified in this room we have the federal hub on track and on time. i can tell you we are on track. those are her words. we now know that the secretary's testimony did not match what was happening behind the scenes. >> reporter: some democrats have complained all the emphasis on security may scare americans away from signing up for health care, jenna. jenna: mike, what more have we learned about what was known about the website issues? >> reporter: we know that an outside consulting firm was brought in the spring to look at development of the website. raised red flags about the lack of there being central authority figure that has the power to say yes and no to key components and developments. there is no clear vision in terms of the development of the website. we've also learned that sebelius, medicare official marilyn tavenner and white house chief technology officer todd park were briefed on the report early april and two we
, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius promised visitors to the obamacare web site will have a, quote, vastly improved experience. any details on what that means? >> reporter: well, heather and gregg, good amp. as you say, white house and hhs officials alike are seeking to dampen expectations, cautioning us not even to view this as a relaunch per se. in its first deeply troubled month online, healthcare.gov was only able to steer 27,000 visitors amongst the millions who logged on to the desired goal of purchasing health insurance online. >> because of the numerous upgrades in both software and ard ware over the last month, on december 1st, healthcare.gov will be able to handle 50,000 users at the same time. however, if there are extraordinarily high spikes in traffic which exceed the site's capacity, consumers will be put in a new advanced queuing system that will give them an expected wait time or allow them to be notified via e-mail when they can return to the site. >> at the dreamworks animation studios earlier this week, president obama acknowledged the, quote,
should also point out, trying to lower expectations. you have h.h.s. secretary kathleen sebelius blogging that this is not a magical date. this is not going to be a relaunch of the website. top officials saying there are still going to be problems with healthcare.gov after today. but, again, they say, look, this is going to be a significant improvement. we expect to get an official update from the administration during a conference call that they'll hold tomorrow. that's when we're hoping to get some metrics so we can actually determine how much success there has been. >> that success and also you mentioned critics. some critics will criticize no matter what this president does. but in large part, does the administration think once you get the website, this overhaul, if you will, quote, unquote, it starts working properly, that some of the falling poll numbers and some of the president's woes attached to the website will go away? >> reporter: absolutely. and president obama spoke to this point during an exclusive interview with abc's bar ra walters. he says he thinks he's on the right sid
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